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Poster: SactownTom Date: Dec 20, 2007 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the keiser

I'm way late on this one, but felt compelled to share...
I saw more shows at the Oakland Aud/Kaiser by far. I saw the first shows there in Aug '79 (my first Brent shows), and didn't miss a NYE. I think it compares favorably to Winterland, although it didn't have the history. I'd echo most other's thoughts about the scene--the park across from the entrance where BG and the city of Oakland let heads camp out during runs kind of gave birth to the whole before/after show scene of food, beer, drugs and hanging out. The floor was never too crowded--you could always find a comfortable place to hang. The bar was great, but you had to bust ass after the 1st set to get a beer (or two) before the 2nd set started. It was a little boomy in the back, but I don't have recollections of poor sound--although the quality of Aud tapes is spotty at best. We liked hanging in the balcony immediately to the side of the stage--great bird's eye views. We called it the library because it was where we would go to "study" the band. When I think of indoor venues, it's one of my favorites because of the many great memories. Not as awesome as the Warfield or BCT, but I "never had such a good time in my life before"...
I loved that place